NBA DFS picks December 22: Will LeBron and the Lakers show up?

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – OCTOBER 11: A detail view of official Spalding NBA logo basketball on the floor during a preseason game between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 11, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 105-87. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

NBA DFS picks December 22

The NBA is back already, and that means NBA DFS is as well. Well, okay, so it’s not back yet, but it will be in less than a week. That doesn’t mean that we can’t get a head start on overanalyzing this two game slate. And there will be a lot of overanalyzing this one. The Lakers play the Clippers and the Warriors head to Brooklyn to take on the new-look Nets. It’s going to be fun!

As per usual, we need to take a look at the injuries first. Separating yourself on a two gamer is damn near impossible anyway, so we need to look for every little advantage we can get.

Out: Klay Thompson (Achilles), Jay Scrubb (foot).

Questionable: Draymond Green (undisclosed), Marcus Morris (knee), James Wiseman (undisclosed), Marquese Chriss (knee), Alex Caruso (hip), Eric Paschall (knee), Alen Smailagic (knee).

The only questionable guy to really be in doubt for opening day is Draymond. He thinks he’ll be ready by then. Everyone else is mostly sitting out preseason games as a precaution.

Most of the big name rookies will have to wait to make their debuts. Only James Wiseman will make his debut here and knowing how the Warriors use centers, he’s a sizeable risk.

I started doing the trifecta last year where at the request of a reader I tried to predict the top three scorers of the night. I got all three right twice, but they were never in the right order. I’m not one to give up that easily, so I’ll do it again. Here it is for opening night: Kawhi, Curry, Durant